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As an fan of Apple, I’m sometimes bestowed the label of “fanboy” by some individuals. I often find these incidents to be humorous, as most of the individuals bestowing me the title could in fact be labeled fanboys as well — but for another tech company. I have zero qualms being called an Apple fanboy, as I’m proud to support a company that creates stellar software and hardware. Likewise, I’ve often touted my love for Pocket Casts over all other podcast apps, and could very well be branded a Pockets Casts fanboy.

Since my initial review of Pockets Casts for the iPhone way back in August 2011, I’ve continued to utilize it for all my podcasting needs. During that time I’d hear rumors of a iPad version in development, and eventually learned it would finally make its way with the release of Pocket Casts 4. So, when Pocket Casts 4 was initially released for Android over iOS, I was disappointed. When the new app was delayed after the announcement of iOS 7 at WWDC, I was disappointed even more so. With the arrival of iOS 7, Pockets Casts 4 has finally found its way to my iPad. The question is, was it worth the wait? (more…)

Ever wish you had access to all of your movies and TV shows all the time? It would be amazing, right? Yes, there are a few streaming apps out there, but Plex comes with all the bells and whistles. Honestly, I don’t know how I survived this long without it.

This way to learn how to make your life more amazing. (more…)

Music streaming services have grown in popularity, with Rdio being one of the most popular options in the United States until Spotify jumped across the pond in July 2011. Since that date, Rdio and Spotify have been two of the biggest contenders for monthly subscriptions.

The reason I keep coming back to Rdio is that it seems to be a better fit for how I want to manage my music. I want a true iTunes-in-the-cloud solution and Rdio provides that. Even though Spotify is planning to add a collection feature and to help in music discovery, I am really liking Rdio’s innovations. With version 2.0, though, it is not just about a new coat of paint; Rdio 2.0 features new and innovative features, which positions itself in a good spot for competition of monthly subscription revenue. (more…)

iTunes Match is an offering from Apple where you pay a fixed fee per year($24.99), and using iTunes, it matches the music you have in your library with its own central store. Once matched, these tracks are then available to listen to on all of your Apple devices, or through iTunes on up to five PCs.

Let me say up front that I love iTunes match now, but it hasn’t been an easy start. Like any worthwhile relationship, there has been some learning to do, adjustments to be made here and there and even some compromises made. And there has certainly been a lot of patience needed. Let me explain: (more…)

Sirius XM is a radio subscription service which provides most of their content commercial free. You have most likely have seen a Sirius XM enabled radio in a car and might even already be a subscriber, but did you know Sirius XM is also available on iOS?

The Sirius XM app for iOS enables subscribers to keep jamming or listen to their favorite talk show while not in the car. Using the service through the app does include some extra features, including being able to listen to shows on demand, pausing events, songs or shows, and starting at the beginning of a song when tuning to a station with TuneStart. Read on to see if including Sirius XM Internet streaming is right for you.

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There are an abundance of music apps for your iPad. You’ve got radio stations, music services, music tagging apps and let us not forget how your iPad can work as a fully functional iPod, too. The question is no longer, “How can I get my music on my iPad?” But is now, “What is the perfect music for this moment in time?” Songza has devoted its existence to the answer of this very question.

Songza is a music discovery service designed to play the perfect tune for whatever mood or activity you are doing. Think about Pandora and how it designs its stations based off of other artists and songs. Songza does the same thing, but bases its music off of activities such as “Relaxing at Home” or “Cooking.” Let’s find out more after the jump. (more…)

I’ve been on the lookout for a decent free app that will allow access to my music and video collection at home, with minimum fuss. Air Playit HD is just that app. It’s stable, fully featured and supports streaming not just over Wi-Fi, but crucially over 3G and 4G networks also.

The setup is simple, requiring a small server program to be installed on a PC at home, and once you tweak a few settings in the app you’re away! In this article, I’ll review the features, but also give you a brief how-to to get you up and running quick as a flash. (more…)

Music is one of mobile’s most competitive sectors. Consumers enter into the fray the minute they purchase an iOS device, with iTunes serving as their initial music player. But no matter how good your collection may be, inevitably it will become stale. That’s when you’ll start seeking out a way to get exposed to new music and where the real battle for your attention begins.

OneTuner Pro hopes to become your favorite music-discovery app by streaming stations broadcast in about 75 different languages from more than 180 countries. With the added 60-plus genres of music and talk available, along with a personalized social media news feed, OneTuner Pro warrants some exploration. (more…)

Mobile apps and the cloud have tarnished remote desktop wizardry. In days gone by, being able to see your desktop on another computer halfway across the country was amazing. You could edit documents, look at your photo library or delete files all while your main computer stayed at home. With the iPad though, most users settle the “lite” version of computing via iOS.

If you want to use your daily computer to get any real work done, you still often need to pull out the laptop or chain yourself to a desk to use a remote access application. Not so with Splashtop 2 for the iPad. It promises to bring all the joy of your PC’s finely-tuned operating system to your iPad and do so seamlessly.

Let’s find out if it follows through on those promises. (more…)

Hulu Plus and Netflix are two of the best ways to stream video on an iPad. They both have a good selection, each service has its own exclusive shows and films. Amazon Instant Video has been around for a while too, but there was never any indication of the online superstore bringing access to the iPad. In fact, ever since Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire, it was apparent that Apple’s tablet would likely never get such a streaming service since it was a competitor.

But Amazon decided to surprise us on July 31st, releasing an official Amazon Instant Video app that allows viewing of all your favorite programs right from your iPad. It even features free Prime streaming for those who pay the $79 per year for the service — and it’s actually $39 per year for students, too. This is exactly what you can get on a Kindle Fire, but is the actual experience as good? I’ll take a look after the break. (more…)

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